The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

BE­ING out in Canada for the World Cup was a real priv­i­lege, but it was the ac­cess to the play­ers that made it so spe­cial.

Ev­ery day we got the chance to hear the sto­ries that made these play­ers want to pull on the shirt.

From Jade Moore’s hole in the heart, to Karen Car­ney want­ing to jack in the game she loved, each one of that Eng­land team had an ex­tra in­cen­tive to play for their coun­try. And it showed.

Mark Samp­son, the Eng­land boss, made sure the men­tal as­pect of the game was as im­por­tant as the phys­i­cal in Canada and it showed. So what next for Eng­land? Beat­ing Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Ger­many in that 3rd/4th play-off has ramped up the ex­pec­ta­tion another notch for the Eu­ros now.

Samp­son says they can win it. He also said they’d make the semi-fi­nals in Canada, so who’s to doubt him now?

As he’s fond of say­ing, his team are in a “good place” – and that may just well take them to the top of the pile in the Nether­lands in 2017.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

ON A HIGH: Eng­land hoist head coach Mark Samp­son in the air af­ter beat­ing Ger­many to earn third place in the World Cup

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